(LAWTON, Oklahoma – 7/30/2018) – Southwestern Medical Center announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation and Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
SWMC underwent an unannounced onsite survey on June 14, 2018. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital and ambulatory care standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, and medication management, leadership, coordination of care, and patient education and training. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews. Facilities falling under ambulatory care that received accreditation are Southwestern Behavioral Health Center and the Sleep Disorders Center.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for both the hospital and ambulatory health care services, says a lot about the incredible team we have at Southwestern,” said Larry Rodgers, CEO, SWMC. “Being dually accredited by the Joint Commission and HFAP is extraordinary. In fact, we are the only hospital with dual accreditation, south of Tulsa. It is our unceasing commitment to providing every patient exceptional care, in a safe and caring environment, that has allowed our organization this monumental achievement.”